By Toyin Akinosho
That Kemi Adetiba’s King of Boys arrived the cinemas several weeks before the Yuletide period, suggested it would be out of the screening rooms by the time the season’s releases arrive.
The sprawling, three hour take on Crime and Politics in the land is still firmly on the viewing agenda.
And none of the hugely promoted films; neither Chief Daddy, nor LionHeart, nor UpNorth comes close in terms of range, diversity, message, depth, photography.
Chief Daddy, produced by Mo Abudu, is cast in the mould of The Wedding Party; the sudden death of a wealthy, generous patriarch brings together a raucous bunch of dependants. The star studded movie compiles aerial character sketches, delivering them for laughs. Like the two parts of The Wedding Party, the idea is: Let’s sit around and laugh at our Naija foibles. It’s a very pretty, entertaining picture, but the plot is extremely thin.
There are several acting highlights in LionHeart, including Onyeka Onwenu’s effortless grace and Genevieve’s spirited offering. This is an aspirational story, with deep evocation of the riches of the Igbo culture, but we keep remembering King of Boys where Sola Sobowale stretches the bounds as the arch villain. The man who might walk away with most of the prizes when the awards season kicks in is the relatively unknown (until now) Paul Sambo, who plays Nurudin Gobir the straight, dogged, anti-corruption officer determined to pull down the House of Criminals erected by Eniola Salami, the character played by Sobowale.
Don’t take our word for it; go out and see these four movies.
On our part, we promise a full review of King of Boys, here in the first week of the New Year.
We wish you all Happy Holidays.
From the Publisher of BookArtville.com.